Foresters still MCC hunt

 The Foresters kept their chances alive for a MCC conference title with two wins, 12-2 and 5-3, over Bethel College, but winning the title would require some help. HU (25-11, 20-5) must take care of busy in their final doubleheader with Bethel and then hope that Marian College can take two from Spring Arbor in their final two contests. In that scenario, the Foresters and Spring Arbor would be tied, but HU beat the Cougars two out of three, which would give the Foresters the title.

In their first game at Bethel, the Foresters quickly took control of the game with seven runs through the first two innings of play. The Pilots scored their only two runs of the game in the bottom of the third. HU effectively put the game out of reach with five more scores over the final two innings for the 12-2 victory.

Michael Dalton threw six innings to earn his sixth win of the season. He allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out four. Thad Frame led the Foresters with a 3-5 performance at the plate and he also tallied four RBI in the game. Alex Rinearson registered his fifth homerun of the season, a two-run shot in the second.

In the nightcap, HU fell behind 3-0 to Bethel in the first inning. The Foresters got one back in the top of the second and Rinearson belted his second longball of the day to make it 3-2 in the third. In the top of the fifth, HU tied the game when Korey Grow hit a sacrifice fly and then took the lead on a bases-loaded infield single from Andrew Drummond. The Foresters added an insurance run in the seventh on a two-out single, again by Drummond.

After giving up three early runs, HU hurler Drew Taylor settled down and held the Pilots scoreless over the final six innings to move to 5-3 on the season. He allowed just five hits and he struck out five. Rinearson and Drummond both had two hits for the Foresters.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director